What it says on the bottle: Palmers Cocoa Butter formula Skin Therapy Oil is an advanced multi-purpose skin perfection product that can be used all over the body, including face. This preservative free, lightweight formula contains an exclusive blend of key ingredients for scars, stretch marks, dry, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, aging skin and fine lines and wrinkles.
Palmers. A familiar name in my childhood household where Palmers Cocoa Butter was the body moisturiser of choice during my youth. I have vivid memories of being slathered in Palmers Cocoa Butter from an early age by Mama Vex and as a result I'm not the biggest fan of the distinctive confectionary scent of Palmers products.
These days my usual choice of body moisturiser tends to come from either The Body Shop or Boots Extracts. I've been using these body butters for so long, that I've fallen behind with Palmers product releases but when I saw this, it instantly appealed to me as their reputation for good body products sits well with me.
Palmers Skin Therapy Oil makes a great alternative if you find its butter or lotions too heavy. I find it keeps my skin feeling incredibly soft and supple and being a dry oil, my skin absorbs it quickly and isn't left oily after use, so getting dressed straightaway isn't a problem. It's also suitable for use on the face, but I prefer to use other products for my facial skincare routine.
I can tolerate the sweet scent which is reminiscent of chocolate which I don't find too overwhelming in this formula. It's certainly not as prominent as it is in the solid cocoa butter form, or even the lotion. It fades after a short while so doesn't interfere with my perfume of choice or linger on my clothing. However, I'm sure many may still find find fault with the smell. I find you can either tolerate it, or you can't.
I use this on dry skin, but on rare occasions semi-damp when I've been in a rush. I find it performs the same either way. I don't go out out of my way to put moisturiser on my skin when it's damp out of belief that the moisture is 'locked in' as quite frankly, I prefer to dry myself properly. I base a bod ycare products success on a simple test - If my skin doesn't look as if I've been rolling around in flour within 3 hours of application, then as far as I'm concerned, it works. Ya dig?
I haven't used it specifically on any stretchmarks, nor do I have any scars/burns that are currently in need of repair.. I assume the vitamin E would aid the skin in healing though. In the past minor scratches/scars I've had have always healed over a relatively short time when moisturised daily so this may well do the same.
Infused with vitamin E oil, candola oil, sesame oil, rosehip oil (which is known for its healing properties for scars and ageing skin) and of course 100% pure cocoa butter, this leaves my skin feeling moisturised all day. I don't need to pour half the bottle out onto my hand to get that moisture either as a little goes a long way. When the weather (eventually) warms up, I'll be curious to see how it fares in higher temperatures as body butters tend to be too heavy in warmer weather for me to use and I'm yet to find a lotion that will keep my skin hydrated all day.
Admittedly I raised an eyebrow when I saw how much it retails for and I'm still none the wiser as to why it's a tenner. Yes, I think it's a good product, but Palmers have other products in the Palmers family that are arguably just as good but cheaper. I'll certainly repurchase this, but it's likely to be when it's on offer.
How much is it? £9.99 (150ml)
Where can I buy it? Superdrug, Boots, chemists, supemarkets